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Corporate Japan urges Myanmar to address business concerns

The most senior Japanese business leader in Myanmar urged the government to recognise how liberalisation, efficient bureaucracy and reliable power supply allowed Thilawa Special Economic Zone (SEZ) to attract considerable investments. He also warned that current restrictions placed on foreign firms in the retail and wholesale sector are already “the maximum” but commended the ministry’s […]

Mangosteen PR, Dugro, Myanmar Times launch Myanmar’s first-ever moving photo release

The growing up milk brand, and Myanmar Times combined to launch the country’s first app-assisted photo release published in The Myanmar Times Daily on November 20, 2018. The video-photo release, a hybrid-media platform reminiscent of newspapers seen in Harry Potter movies, uses the iSmart Photo app—an online application that utilizes coding technology to identify a […]

First flight from Italy to Myanmar arrives tomorrow

An air link between Italy and Myanmar will be established starting tomorrow. Milan-based Neos Spa, an Italian leisure airline, will begin flying the route with a chartered Boeing 767 every Wednesday. The flight will stop over in Phu Quoc, Vietnam before landing at Yangon International Airport. Neos will be the first airline to fly from […]

Draft law for foreigner-only casinos in Myanmar: report

A bill that would authorise in principle the setting up of foreigner-only casinos in the Southeast Asia state of Myanmar was submitted to the lower house of the country’s legislature on Tuesday, the Myanmar Times newspaper reported on Wednesday. The Gambling Bill 2018 is said to include amendments to an existing statute, the Gambling Act […]

Illegal trade more rampant than before, govt measures not effective

Government efforts to prevent illegal border trade have not been effective or sufficient and counterfeit goods are still being smuggled into the country. In fact, things are worse than before. “Illegal trade can’t be controlled. Illegal trade is worse than before even though measures were taken to reopen some of the border gates by the […]

FMI ventures into affordable housing

First Myanmar Investment (FMI) will be investing in the affordable housing sector in a bid to offset falling revenue from its construction businesses, FMI chair Serge Pun said during the firm’s 26th annual general meeting, held at the Yangon National Theatre, on July 29. He said the domestic property sector has no demand as those […]

Myanmar opens visa-on-arrival door

YANGON, 31 July 2018: Myanmar confirmed late last week it would ease visa procedures for three nationalities 1 October. Tourism officials quoted government sources saying tourists from Japan, South Korea and China would be granted a visa-on-arrival for up to 28 days. Details were sketchy with none of the official websites for the Hotels and […]

Central rubber market to open after legislation

A central rubber market will open in 2019 after the new Rubber Law has been enacted, U Khaing Myint, secretary at the Myanmar Rubber Planters and Producers Association (MRPPA), told The Myanmar Times. The drafting is expected to complete by late this year and, as the parliament is unlikely to have lengthy discussions, the bill […]

Property cycle at trough, turning point in sight, agents say

Property prices in Mandalay have dropped between 10 to 30 percent over the past five years, with steeper falls seen in less populated residential estates, local real estate agents told The Myanmar Times. After slipping from its peak in 2013 though, the property market could now be at a turning point. “Recent market conditions are […]

Myanmar National to seek foreign funds for fleet upgrade

Myanmar National Airlines (UB, Yangon) will seek foreign investors to finance the upgrade of the carrier’s international fleet and it has also approached the Myanma Port Authority in this regard, Director U Myint Aung has told The Myanmar Times. The Myanmarese flag carrier has been unprofitable since its corporatisation in 2013 but hopes to post […]